Title Education and Employment Pathways for Speakers of Other Languages
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-474
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text This project was aimed at organisations from the Employability sector and the Adult Education/Training sectors. The project provided information on how to engage with and support Ethnic Minority groups and Migrant Workers into employment through job shadowing, work placement, employer engagement and vocational language training and employability skills development. The project results are described fully on the website (www.e-epsol.eu). The results included a Research Report from each partner country detailing target groups and employment sectors; examples of the transferred materials from the project (Skills Audit Toolkit, Vocational Language Course, Study Skills Course, Empowerment Course and Equipped For the Future Course);feedback from beneficiaries and trainers. The products from the project will be integrated into core activities of partner organisations.
Project targeted settled BMEs and Migrants with second or additional language to host country & refugees and economic migrants who were economically inactive. Based on the success of EQUAL project and an Education/Employment Training programme for those without English as first language delivered across Glasgow and the West of Scotland and successfully Peer Reviewed at EU level through IMPART. Project addressed multiple barriers/problems faced by this group.
Problems: Poor host country language acquisition; non-recognition of prior learning/experience from overseas, Lack of confidence, motivation or the chances to engage with the labour market or education; Lack of experience of local labour market, recruitment practices and poor networks promoting employability; Racism or prejudice, a substantial barrier for employers; Poor employment rates; issues allowing them to be more integrated and engaged.
Obj: To cascade a strategy enhancing education and employability practice that complements Lisbon Agenda through providing education and training leading to employment by targeting BME’s furthest from the labour market not currently fully provided for within many EU employability strategies. A group with one of the highest unemployment rates and poorest educational standards of any specific group within EU labour market statistics.
Our strategic partnership took essential support/learning materials that provided an integrated 'Education and Employment Pathway' for this specific group. We further developed the ‘Framework for Employability Courses’ and a ‘Skills audit toolkit’ for practitioners and employers across the EU. Organisations working closely with this target group have access to wider partner organisations at national and local levels. Partnership: Educational Institutes, Vocational Training Bodies, NGO’s, SME’s, Voluntary Bodies and Local Authority bodies are working with this target group to support the EU’s ‘New Skills for New Jobs’ strategy and by working together transfer a current successful methodology across various sectors and countries.
Results: Research Report; Vocational Language, Study Skills, Empowerment, Equipped for the Future Courses & Skills Audit Toolkit. Materials were generic and adapted to suit a wide variety of employment and educational sectors.
Impacts: 50/60 beneficiaries per country. Will benefit many more across the EU. Opens door to training, higher education, employment and integration.
The project transferred successful employability and vocational training materials and methods that were developed through the coordinators' previous EQUAL project.
These materials include a 'Skills Audit Toolkit' which was adapted from original materials produced by the Scottish partner and made relevant to the employment sectors in each of the partner countries. The materials from the Skills Audit Toolkit were piloted and evaluated by beneficiaries in each of the partner countries. The materials were rated as successful by the beneficiaries who indicated that they were very useful in helping them to identify their skill sets and training needs relevant to specific employment sectors.
Other materials in the project include a ‘Vocational Language Course' which developed the language skills and vocabulary necessary to allow beneficiaries to apply for jobs and be selected for job interviews with more success than they previously achieved. Language skills were targeted as it was a problem area identified by employers and careers guidance agencies. In addition, language for workplace situations was also developed. Furthermore, two other courses, 'Empowerment' and 'Equipped For the Future' dealt with specific employability issues, where beneficiaries were made 'work-ready' with the relevant awareness of cultural and integration issues within the labour markets of partner countries.
Access for disadvantaged
Other Service Activities
description of new occupation profiles
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
open and distance learning
Product information The products are a Research Report which highlight the economic sectors and 5 sets of materials to help ensure better entry routes into the workplace, or into further/higher education for all Ethnic Minority groups, Migrant Workers and Refugees.